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Number of C. diff cases rises to 63

December 09, 2010
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HAMILTON, ON — Two new cases of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) were reported over the weekend at St. Joseph''s Healthcare, which brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 63
, according to The Hamilton Spectator.
Since early October, 41 cases of hospital-acquired C. diff were reported and 21 other cases were noted where patients became infected outside of St. Joseph''s, the story stated.
A total of eight deaths have been reported during the outbreak; one death has been attributed to C. diff, while the remaining cases are under investigation, the story noted.
Hospital officials are still not able to pinpoint the source of the C. diff outbreak, the story added.
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